Posted September 24, 2013 by Doug Morgan in Tourism

Ecuador to Quadruple Annual Tourism Budget

Calle Garcia Moreno in Old Town Quito
Calle Garcia Moreno in Old Town Quito

The government of Ecuador is aiming to quadruple the country’s annual tourism budget from $40 million to $150 million, Minister of Tourism Vinicio Alvarado said last week during TravelMart Latin America, the leading regional tourism industry conference which was hosted in Quito.

Ministry of Tourism Vinicio Alvarado

Vinicio Alvarado

The Ministry of Tourism has requested the budget increase in order to implement the policies needed for Ecuador to solidify its position as a regional tourism power. The additional funding will include new resources for infrastructure developments such as roads, ports, and airports, which will exceed direct tourism investment.

Minister Alvarado also announced that Ecuador would receive an estimated 1.36 million tourists by the end of 2013. Growth in the number of tourists visiting Ecuador has increased 7 to 8 percent on average in recent years.

The Ministry of Tourism has identified the United States, Colombia, and Peru as priority regional markets for tourism development. It will also continue to explore the growth potential of additional markets, including Canada, Argentina, Brazil, China, and Europe.

Source: Ministry of Tourism for Ecuador

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Doug Morgan

Doug Morgan
Doug has written extensively for such well-known publications as Field & Stream, Saltwater Sportsman, Marlin, and Sport Fishing, as well as The Washington Post and Las Vegas Review-Journal.